– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via 20th Century Fox

Image via 20th Century Fox

Uh-oh. Well, it seems like director Tim Miller’s departure of the upcoming Deadpool sequel may have had something of a snowball effect. While the report of Miller’s splitting from the film was described as amicable, it seems like we still have our first casualty in its wake.

Junkie XL, composer of many films such as Batman v Superman and, of course, Deadpool, has now revealed via social media that he would not be returning to scoreDeadpool 2. What’s worse is that he specifically cited Miller’s departure as the main reason for his dropping out:

“It is with a heavy heart that I have decided not to score the upcoming Deadpool movie. I love this character and creating his and the movie’s original score was a monumental chapter in my life, personally and professionally.

Since it was revealed that Deadpool’s brilliant creative director Tim Miller will not be involved in the project anymore, I have undertaken some soul searching. Tim was the driving force behind Deadpool and me getting involved in this amazing project. Deadpool without Tim at the helm just does not sit right with me and that is why I have decided not to be involved in the second chapter.

“It was a difficult decision, as I love the project so much and I know how eagerly the next installment will be anticipated, it’s hard to walk away from something so unique, but it also has to feel right.

Ouch. Normally, when there’s a second talented person to leave a project, we’re left to speculate as to the reason behind this — we could have cited other potential reasons for his leaving, such as scheduling conflicts and the works. But this quote from the composer leaves absolutely no room for speculation as to the reason for his leaving. I suppose the big question now is whether or not this will pave the way for more creative talent to leave the project.

Has the departure of Tim Miller truly left a creative vacuum in the project, or is this an example of a guy staying loyal to his friend. If it is the latter, does this seem to imply that the split between Reynolds and Miller was indeed a contentious one? Not to downplay a composer’s role in the creative process, but it’s not as though the loss of a composer usually leads to a mass Exodus, but it could be a harbinger of things to come.

What do you think? Is Deadpool 2 in trouble, or should we treat this as a mere isolated incident? Let us know your comments down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.